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Author of Rough Guide Snapshot Myanmar (Burma), co-author of Rough Guides to the Philippines and Malaysia.

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Writing about this glorious place this afternoon for @timestravel. @todopeniscola http://t.co/z8hsSYISjb
Retweeted by John OatesSuper talented GOV.UK design lead @markhurrell is on the look out for a designer for the team. This is a great opportunity, get on it!
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7/1
2015
What an epic weekend. Huge thanks to #boredoms and #barbican. I might never forget it. #stationtostationlondon http://t.co/opPefxxlCb
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6/29
2015
Why parents in Cincinnati camp out for 16 days to get a kindergarten spot http://t.co/GklIiBWGPQ http://t.co/KknQghDHPV
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6/26
2015
Very Gravity's Rainbow. https://t.co/dYBzouEXc3Duck burger at @UrbanForest. Ludicrously greasy. Tasty. http://t.co/JgzOJZ2vED
6/25
2015
10 days left to enter our travel-writing competition with @IndyOnSunday and @StanfordsTravel http://t.co/MdLhCDYQh8 http://t.co/joBQSKaVMj
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6/20
2015
The New York Times wisely blocks staff from viewing its desktop homepage http://t.co/7Oke46gVBd http://t.co/MdLHdOtQq5
Retweeted by John OatesGreat talk by @joannemallon @TravWriters. Recommend her book @SocMed4Writers. Easy to understand!@SilverTravelAd http://t.co/TmzpmV1df0
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6/17
2015
.@john_oates merrily in the 'saddle for contentment' at #guildsocial http://t.co/FGanIXLced
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6/16
2015
Roof garden at @eversheds for @OpenSquares. http://t.co/TmlAusQ7Ys
6/14
2015
Gorgeous, unusual pictures of old bits of #Syria by @tayloreddie here, from prewar 2005 http://t.co/EocRjQRcYa
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6/13
2015
Brutalist Architecture for Cats http://t.co/hPXJSL7vl0
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6/6
2015
If u want to warm up to #ffff6, u can do so in different ways: you can hear this playlist with this years line-up: https://t.co/w6UunTtg9g
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6/4
2015
Bullet points and spacing can add clarity to your writing. http://t.co/xz9mZeeEqR
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6/2
2015
Big thanks to @accessibletl, @roughguides and @fourfoottall for their help with this piece on accessible travel: http://t.co/CSKm0yZVTB
Retweeted by John OatesBlog: Zeppelin 100: 100 years ago tonight, London's first ever air raid took place. http://t.co/EOoQrr80i4 #Hackney
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5/31
2015
Addiction, obsession, #wanderlust. Whatever you call it. Here's how I got my #travel bug: http://t.co/G8a9JeqQRW http://t.co/IUzgXlti9R
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5/30
2015
@apiarystudios Any tickets on the door tonight, and if so what time does performance start? Just heard about it!On same day: int summit on Rohingya without using word Rohingya, UN & DFID backed census in Burma is published, which excluded the Rohingya
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5/29
2015
Now this is an obit... Dowager Marchioness of Reading had views “diametrically opposed to most sane people”: http://t.co/lsXNPsR9IS
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5/17
2015
Way too many friends and colleagues to namecheck at successful Guild Yearbook 2015 Launch at fab #ENO last night #Bgtwyb2015 @TravWriters .
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5/7
2015
I'll be live-stitching the election results throughout the night, so you don't even have to watch the news... http://t.co/bhmm5q7Fmx
Retweeted by John Oates@helenochyra Afraid not. @kerrychristiani @lortusfleur @roaming_scribe @itsjamesstewart @sarahleetravels @elliealdridge @Journojacko
5/6
2015
@camille_ Sorry I missed you today. Let me know next time you're at GDS.@camille_ Great, see you later!
5/5
2015
Colourful boats at the #canalcavalcade. http://t.co/JYBSS6HuQHAt the #canalcavalcade in Little Venice. http://t.co/rEMMWUxQYr
5/4
2015
@wordonthewater We enjoyed the jazz this afternoon. Will it continue Sun/Mon too?The @RoughGuides to the Italian Lakes that I worked on last year is out! #Italy http://t.co/XN4pEwkCkT
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5/2
2015
The Pamir Highway is certainly a hot contender for the world’s best drive #tajikistan http://t.co/54uE9XYMRE http://t.co/T8rQCHBzzO
Retweeted by John Oates@fanoefree In any case, I'm really looking forward to the Free Folk Festival. So much so, we're bringing a bunch of friends this time.@fanoefree Sounds good. I just have to work out whether I can justify the extra time away. Also need to check if there's anywhere to stay.@fanoefree I remember Daniel Merrill talking about it last year. Is it just a local thing or interesting & accessible to outsiders?
5/1
2015
@fanoefree Looking forward to fest, was amazing last yr. Wondering about more traditional folk fest in Sonderho. Is it weekend before again?
4/30
2015
Yep, a Godzilla-themed hotel has really just opened in Tokyo. @lortusfleur has the low-down: http://t.co/eeQukm2MFs http://t.co/m8ZLTBcYTp
Retweeted by John Oates18 AUGUST: SUNN O))) + PHURPA at David Byrne's @meltdownfest @southbankcentre London! VERY EXCITED FOR THIS! https://t.co/24YwbKjtLw
Retweeted by John OatesCongrats to @cheesecake_b who'll be making an appearance at #Meltdownfest with Psapp. https://t.co/gBWlgHJeuD
4/28
2015
Luxury Irish hotels now live on Travel de la Creme. Take a peek: http://t.co/5vDwZwzcBN http://t.co/bC0k0sl0x4
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4/27
2015
@sillypunk What's left on your itinerary? Rundale? Jurmala?@Sillypunk I think you can visit the Bauskas brewery. I didn't go as, at the time anyway, it was by appointment only.Didn't make #SundayTimesRichList? Me neither. Find how YOU rank on the global #richlist It's an eye-opener http://t.co/G6KOSz5Vha
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4/26
2015
Without doubt, the greatest chew toy ever invented http://t.co/LwvaxVGeki
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4/24
2015
@sillypunk KGB building was meant to be open just 2014 with temp exhibition, but I know they hoped to reopen. @andyjarosz @NatGeoTraveller@sillypunk Think the KGB building in Riga would interest you too, if it's back open again. I went last year. @andyjarosz @NatGeoTraveller@sillypunk If you're in Riga on Sat, try @Kalnciemaiela market. In suburb with old wooden buildings. @andyjarosz @NatGeoTravellerHey @sillypunk are you going to Plokstine missile base? @andyjarosz just wrote about it for @NatGeoTraveller http://t.co/y9vet2RfQa
4/23
2015
Starting today, Google begins prioritizing websites optimized for mobile: http://t.co/SABcjkp86I http://t.co/YsUy3WuAvD
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4/21
2015
60 years ago today, in a letter, legendary ad man David Ogilvy listed his "appalling" habits as a copywriter: http://t.co/YNQlYzPTVC
Retweeted by John OatesSlack's CEO (@stewart) gives charmingly bullshit-free justification for $2.8B valuation http://t.co/AntfDqGS9M http://t.co/vXZgUJ4Z0j
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4/19
2015
I spent a #photography evening with the lovely @Diana_Jarvis – here's what she taught me: #London #BlueHour http://t.co/tDbTbRlcFd
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4/18
2015
Working on our perspectival map on how to find 'The Common E2' #map #bethnalgreen #eastlondon #cafe http://t.co/f4dNW3mJHh
Retweeted by John OatesSad to see @johnploughman from DSA leaving us. It's been fun having him to stay this week.
Retweeted by John OatesCongratulations to @TravWriters on launching the new British Guild of Travel Writers website. Reflects a lot of hard work from many people.
4/17
2015
RH advocate Carlos Celdran: From 'Damaso' to 'Basura Bunny' http://t.co/D1U7Obzh7H via Rappler
Retweeted by John Oates@lortusfleur @Greg_Dickinson Negroni sbagliato on menu at @swanwharfplough. Bit early but did have b'fast burrito. http://t.co/3eCaeuGNLY
4/11
2015
Suu Kyi says boycott of Myanmar election an option in interview with @Journotopia & @reutersSimonW: http://t.co/zjqVOyNNP3 via @Reuters
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4/5
2015
Our writer @john_oates reviews the elegant 5-star @ImperialVienna @spg #BGTW: http://t.co/5t0bNaJt4a http://t.co/hIuniEHsB2
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3/30
2015
Every single backpacker in this joint has a device. Mostly Apple. 10 days in Sg and yet to see someone with a guidebook. Sea change.
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3/24
2015
I blame @john_oates for pushing me one step closer to the brink of coffee madness http://t.co/8vuKzGeLem
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3/19
2015
@MaxineSheppard No, I did the Snapshot (short guide) and the Myanmar chapter of the SE Asia guide. Not the new full guide.@MaxineSheppard This is an obvious one, but make sure you have mohinga while you're in Myanmar. Daily if possible.
3/13
2015
@TheCommonE2 I've already visited - loved the tomato and basil soup! I'll be back... http://t.co/oiZ4cbjFAQ
3/12
2015
AFP Car-choked Yangon aims to ride the rails to transport revolution http://t.co/EJHWWiObh1
3/3
2015
A quick wrap on Loikaw, Burma. http://t.co/VbTiuiSXWn
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3/2
2015
“There­fore, straight quotes should never, ever ap­pear in your documents.” http://t.co/Pmty9UPFB3 #typography
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3/1
2015
"Well, my work is done here." "What do you mean? Your work is done? You didn't do anything." "...Didn't I?" http://t.co/paek1t437M
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2/27
2015
Some stunning 19th-century images of the lost kingdoms of #Burma and south #India #Travel http://t.co/eniwhcqpbI
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2/23
2015
Lots of v #lastminutecancellations cancellations tonight and we've got tonnes of the best korma in town. Call to book 02089852858 #korma
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2/21
2015
@RoyalChinaGroup That's good to hear. We'll just turn up for opening time as usual then!
2/18
2015
“Telegraph’s recent coverage of HSBC amounts to a form of fraud on readers.” -@OborneTweets https://t.co/gYa91qWPk4 http://t.co/5wK96lGsbq
Retweeted by John OatesBrilliant newspaper correction... http://t.co/q3OHRHVf77
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2/17
2015
@snowing_circle I realise that sharing Telegraph articles with you is bad form. But I feel it's an experiment worth trying.@straitstimesuk Do you sell any Malaysian kopitiam stuff, like teh tarik or kaya toast?Burmese Army gets £130,000 of taxpayer-funded training despite allegedly using child soldiers | via @Telegraph http://t.co/FHaz9fhdDP
Retweeted by John OatesWhat do you think, @snowing_circle? 'Turn your favourite beer into sweets'. http://t.co/fYJGKBGG9OGiant WWI "war tubas" were pretty much exactly what they sound like: http://t.co/bJB8vVWvs4 ht @theretronaut
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2/16
2015
@RoyalChinaGroup Is it still no reservations for dim sum next weekend at Canary Wharf, or are there reservations because of new year?
2/15
2015
#FF to ace travel writers @kerrychristiani @helenochyra @john_oates @lortusfleur @adrianphillips1 @abigailking and, er, me @TheHotelsGuy.
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2/13
2015
Times article on Aragon http://t.co/NdKCVpsLnd
Retweeted by John OatesNext #AdviceForYoungJournalists: don't work for free. They say 'work for exposure', but as every mountaineer knows, you can die of exposure.
Retweeted by John OatesThe struggle to save Yangon's architectural heritage #Burma #Myanmar http://t.co/VWx9qVDShr
Retweeted by John OatesGuidebook writers: we've all been here (from LP Egypt/Sudan 1987) HT @rachelkennedy84 http://t.co/uNVeC6JJpn
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2/10
2015
A guide to the temples of Bagan - the best secret spots http://t.co/UqLHPi9gZt http://t.co/nwfhJDbh1l
Retweeted by John Oates2 DAYS LEFT BEFORE FRINGE, the World's Largest Arts Festival, opens in Manila! Catch the amazing shows and... http://t.co/pe5WSA9R0K
Retweeted by John Oates@darraghdoyle I haven't found a good IMAP mail app yet (for my personal mail). I use provider's webmail but not great.@darraghdoyle No problem. Bear in mind though, it only uses Chrome extensions so you can't run normal apps. Android apps coming I believe.@darraghdoyle Get a bit of slowdown if I use Spotify/Youtube with a lot of tabs open. Otherwise fine.@darraghdoyle Job involves Gmail plus lots of web-based apps (Pivotal Tracker, Zendesk, Slack, a CMS, etc) and they all work fine.@darraghdoyle I use a Macbook at home but it's old & only works when plugged in. Doing some work in an office and sick of carting it around.@darraghdoyle My Acer C720 Chromebook is brilliant for browsing/email. One of my best tech purchases in ages (£140 refurb).@GenesisCinema I'm not sure I'd call Stephen Hawking 'infamous'.Students continue #Rangoon march despite increase police presence #Myanmar #ျမန္မာ http://t.co/mk3dcMA9ST http://t.co/dSN6cSnmkQ
Retweeted by John Oates50% room rate deals @TheSarojin for stays Apr-Oct 15 - one of my favourite hotels, seriously tempting... https://t.co/kkja9PZ4M4
Retweeted by John OatesMT @travelfish: A sample 2 week itinerary for first time visitors to Burma Myanmar. http://t.co/gtt4EpfjUw <handy, solid basis for planning
2/9
2015
@ProudArchivist Thanks. The @YolkLondon eggs benedict was great (the paprika was an interesting touch).@ProudArchivist Great thanks! On our way now. Did look at site albeit in a slapdash way.@ProudArchivist Thinking of brunch there but no interest in the football. Is it escapable?
2/7
2015
Great dinner at @Railroadhackney. Probably my favourite place to eat around Hackney Central.Digital tea and biscuits for everyone! My new @GOVUK blog https://t.co/Ve3EzAFbDU @snowing_circle @gdsteam @padmasaysblah
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2/6
2015
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